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Throughout the 19th century, men wore top hats for business, pleasure and formal occasions (pearl gray for daytime, black for day or night) making its wearer feel taller, handsomer and suave. By 1900 top hats were made with silk and worn only for special occasions, such as weddings and dances. Felted beaver skin was the preferred material for top hats due to its water proof properties. The high demand for beaver fashion (to inlcude men’s coats) practically wiped out the beaver in the US by…

Throughout the 19th century, men wore top hats for business, pleasure and formal occasions (pearl gray for daytime, black for day or night) making its wearer feel taller, handsomer and suave. By 1900 top hats were made with silk and worn only for special occasions, such as weddings and dances. Felted beaver skin was the preferred material for top hats due to its water proof properties. The high demand for beaver fashion (to inlcude men’s coats) practically wiped out the beaver in the US by…

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